As you may already know, the user interface of our software for framing wood and metal walls and floors in Revit got a makeover this past July. We’re glad to announce that the UI of our Roof Framing solutions has been updated as well! So now all of our BIM framing solutions for Revit have a sleek new look.
To users of Wood Framing Roof or Metal Framing Roof, be sure to download the update in the Dock to begin using the new interface plus a few new functions that have been added (read on for more on those).
All the previous commands are still included, so don’t be thrown by the new look. Although commands have been re-arranged, they’ve been complemented with icons and tool-tips to help you quickly find what you’re looking for. See below for where commands are located in the ribbon in the new UI of Roof+.
When it comes to wood and metal framing, Renata Jociene, Lead BIM Application Engineer at AGACAD, has tremendous insight and experience. She agreed to share her thoughts on the current state of BIM software for framing all types of buildings with timber and with cold-formed steel.
Q: To start, could you tell us a bit about trends today in framed construction?
Framing always played a big role in the building industry and today that role is only growing, especially with people’s focus on green solutions.
Both wood and steel framing have major advantages for sustainability – big efficiencies in both the construction and use of a facility, and recyclability. That’s true all over the world, though there are regional differences. Like in the U.S., where so much timber is available and there’s a long tradition of wood-frame houses, as I recently wrote in the article “Wooden Houses in the USA: A Centuries-Old Building Tradition”.
Framing is being used not only for houses, but for all types of buildings really. Wood is more common for residential, and metal for industrial or commercial facilities, but a lot depends on structural needs and choices. Wood framing is more earthquake resistant, for instance. In any case, big efficiency gains are being achieved with pre-fabrication solutions. The world is steadily moving to BIM, including framed construction, and “BIM-to-fabrication” is a hot keyword in the field.
What’s the latest building style you can frame with AGACAD‘s Framing software for Autodesk® Revit®? Heavy Timber and Post-&-Beam structures! The new BIM software Wood Framing OAK is powerful and flexible in automating the design process for even the most complex and unique structures – it’s just a matter of figuring out a workflow and setting up required families.
We’ve already covered multi-layered timber frames and frames with SIP panels for walls, floors and roofs, high-quality ventilated facades, and architectural curtain walls with highly detailed elements. So, now it’s time to move on to framing with massive timbers.
Using Wood Framing OAK and sample families, you can create heavy-timber-framedwalls, floors and roofs. Also, distribute and manage details used in connections with cuts common for oak frames by using our BIM solution Smart Details and, finally, prepare shop drawings, cut lists, and even export wood elements and details to any CNC machine and CAD/CAM production line, including Hundegger and Weinmann.
Framing the supporting structure and creating connections with cuts common for OAK Frames
Once Walls, Floors and Roofs have been modeled in Revit, it’s time to frame them. Wall+, Floor+ and Roof+ modules (they are included in BIM solution Wood Framing OAK) have all the features that are required to predefine your own configurations for framing. Standardization and automation of the wall, floor and roof framing process and shop drawing generation allows you to skip major hurdles in building design. These are the prominent time-saving Wall+, Floor+ and Roof+ functions.
Modelling timber frame houses in Revit would be a tough challenge. Can you imagine creating all those framing members one by one?
Luckily, you don’t have to. With the help of AGACAD team’s software, which automates wood framing work with walls, floors and roofs in Revit® projects, all you have to do is predefine rules, and the application will do all the work from design (modelling the frame) and documentation (creating workshop drawings and schedules) to wall segment fabrication and construction.
To implement the latter, AGACAD has created a new application for Autodesk® Revit® to export multi-layered frames of wooden walls, floors and roofs to automated panel production lines.
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